I'm Emma. Trying to make more and be more and do more.
My lovely friend Madelaine and I are doing a bit of a Spring wardrobe challenge for ourselves. We’re going to make four garments over the month of March: two tops, one skirt, and a free choice.
For my tops, I’m probably going to use the same pattern for both: Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank.
(image from Grainline blog)
I’ve been meaning to make the Meringue skirt from the Colette Sewing Handbook for a while, so this seems like the perfect time.
(image from the Colette Patterns website)
I’ve got a great striped lightweight denim I picked up in Toronto for it that I think would be lovely. Should be stiff enough for those scallops.
As for the free choice, that’s still up in the air at this point… It’ll be a surprise for all of us at the end of the month.
How did I not know about this? The great folks at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library are leading a project in which members will sew and blog about vintage patterns from the 1912 issues of La Mode Illustree. Fits in perfectly with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and everybody’s favourite show Downton Abbey.
I work at a college, and one of the benefits of this is free continuing ed classes. Tonight I’m taking a course on style. I’m pretty excited. After the Colette Sewing Handbook came out, lots of bloggers I follow started thinking about their own personal styles in a really concrete way. What items of clothing do I gravitate to in my wardrobe? What do these items have in common? I’ve been starting to do this too, and followed Sarai’s advice to start out with one’s favourite 5 items and going from there. However, I think it’ll be good for me to get other people’s opinions on my style. One of my big problems is that I tend to either thing my body is much bigger or smaller than it actually is, so I don’t know if the items I love in my closet actually are the most flattering on me. We’ll see what the instructor says today! Apparently there is a workbook. I’ve been told to bring a binder. I feel like a kid again.
In sewing news, I’m going to make a half slip this week based on Gertie’s excellent instructions. I lost my beloved black half slip and there are some dresses that I just can’t wear in the winter without a slip. Looking forward to popping this one out quickly on my day off on Friday.